MACT'S BEST MOVES, YEAR ONE

Lowetide
March 10 2014 10:13PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have not enjoyed a good season, but there has been plenty of good work done. GM Craig MacTavish took over one year ago, and has been very active. Which move has worked out the best?

DRAFTING DARNELL NURSE

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The defenseman Edmonton is looking for right now? Darnell Nurse may be that exact player. A strong step forward in boxcars (including an impressive power-play spike) married to tough minutes means Nurse is displaying a wide range of skills in one of the best junior leagues on the planet.


SIGNING BOYD GORDON

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Extreme zone starts, penalty killing, and scoring more than we expected, Boyd Gordon makes a strong case for team MVP. The zone starts are the third toughest in the league. 

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Gordon's crazy zone starts show up in the Vollman Sledgehammer. He's playing very difficult minutes and has been doing it all season long. 

TRADING FOR DAVID PERRON

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The assets given (Paajarvi and a 2) had value, but Perron has covered them with a strong season. His offense is obvious, but he also plays with an edge and has provided the club with terrific even strength offense.

5x5/60, Oiler forwards

  1. Taylor Hall 3.15
  2. David Perron 2.10
  3. Mark Arcobello 1.93
  4. Jordan Eberle 1.79
  5. Nail Yakupov 1.60
  6. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.60
  7. Sam Gagner 1.54

Perron's 2.10/60 at 5x5 ranks him 64th overall in the entire NHL among regular forwards. That's a helluva player.

ACQUIRING AND SIGNING BEN SCRIVENS

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He leads the NHL in save percentage, and his numbers have improved since he arrived in Edmonton. The Oilers haven't had goaltending this good since Dwayne Roloson. The fact that he's a pretty good interview and has that 'goalie cool' attitude make it even more fun.

I SAID PARDON?

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Which is it? The "perfect fit" defenseman Darnell Nurse, the shutdown center, the scoring winger with an edge or the show-stopper in goal?

I know this much: if Steve Tambellini had 12 months that included Perron, Scrivens and Gordon the Oilers wouldn't be in this mess. Can MacTavish repeat things this summer? He'll have to, and more. 

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#1 Reg Dunlop
March 10 2014, 10:38PM
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I understand the need to remain positive but I can't. Mac added the prospect Nurse who may never develop into a NHL regular. Mac added Peron, at significant expense, who is a solid 2nd line NHLer. A good move. Finally, Mac added a 4th liner who appears to be solid but since the team is no better since this addition, does it really matter? Only one significant good move when many are needed. An underwhelming first year for the Silver Fox.

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#2 THE PUZ
March 10 2014, 10:52PM
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Before we all start high-fiving each other, lets talk about the disaster that is MacTavish. We desperately needed a starting goalie before the season started-FAIL (but we now have 2 backup goalies as a consolation prize). We needed any top 6 defenceman-FAIL. We needed a top 6 power forward-FAIL. We needed to trade Hemsky or Gagner before they were worth a late round draft choice that will never make the NHL, especially with this pathetic inbred scouting staff. We needed an experienced NHL coach to handle all our young talent. Instead, we have got an idiot who cannot transform his coaching to fit his talent, but wants his talent to fit his coaching. He has double standards amongst treatment of various players-see Nail Yakupov. We have some journeyman ex-Oiler coaches that have helped this team regress. I can hardly wait until Ryan Smith moves onto the coaching staff. We have the worst goaltending coach on the planet. Overall grade for MacTavish (Lowe)=F. My question to Lowetide is how could anyone do any worse than MacT. This could very well be the worst record in Oiler history.

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#3 sheldon
March 10 2014, 10:43PM
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All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

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#4 6 ring circus
March 10 2014, 10:20PM
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Mact's worst move of year one, was hiring Eakin's !!!

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#5 mlcselli
March 10 2014, 10:31PM
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I agree with the 1st comment. The only thing I'd add that makes it his worst move is keeping the sad sacks that stand beside him. Firing them all will be his smartest move.

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#6 **
March 11 2014, 01:09AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

bad choices.

Props if you think Eakins should be fired, given his team is regressing in almost every stat.

Trash if you think Eakins just needs more time because he doesn't have the right mix of players and the d needs serious overhaul.

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#7 Retsinnab5
March 10 2014, 10:35PM
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Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

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#8 Anton
March 10 2014, 10:39PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Mact's worst move of year one, was hiring Eakin's !!!

Maybe LT will have the "WORST MOVES, YEAR ONE" out soon and I will be very surprised the fire/hire coaches is not on the list.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! (Since Oct. 10th)

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#9 Canuck338WinMag
March 10 2014, 11:53PM
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MacTavish should swallow his pride, fire Eakins and rehire Krueger who had the Oilers trending upwards not downwards. There would be a sliver of continuity there and we could be rid of a failing coach.

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#10 Serious Gord
March 11 2014, 08:30AM
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The Beaker wrote:

B.S. if you make one good move like say Perron but you are counting Labarbera, Grebs as his two bad moves to counter it then the one good move is easily a bigger deal. Outside of Eakins pretty much all of MacTs bad moves have been easily cleaned up. Perron trades arent easy to find.

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

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#11 michael
March 11 2014, 08:37AM
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I would include also in the good move catergory

1. Trading Linus Omark and getting a pick.

2. Aquiring Luke Gazdic. He has solidified that role and has become a top 3 enforcer in the NHL.Other than Kassian the Oilers have not had to deal with the kind of cheap shots at their stars that they have had in the past 3 years.Matt Kassian will get his. Give it time.Plus he is playing for NUCK's. Its only getting worse for them.

3.Getting Matt Hendricks.I really like this guy.He is Kevin McLeland kind of guy.Glue guy.Vocal.stands up for his teammates.Not the most skilled guy on the ice but when paired with Gordon he is an effective shutdown forward. For my money Hendricks brings thekind of leadership needs.His value is not on the score sheet.

The biggest mistake I believe that was this year was not giving Hall the "C". Hemsky alluded to the kids needing to take more leadership of this team. For me Ference has been a good captain but not the Captain we need to push this team forward. Hall is the engine that drives this team.He needs to given that responsibility of Captaincy. If ever this team is going to take the next step forward it will have to be Hall who steps up and leads this team. Eakins has to revisit this issue in the off season.

MacT has my confidence and I think we are on the right track. Adding Klefbom and Lander was another of MacT's good moves. They gained confidence and experience in OKC and now its time to see what that time in OKC reaps in the NHL.

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#12 Waiting4six
March 10 2014, 10:34PM
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Wow how nice is to see the canucks euterly fail tonight, plus NYI will get the 2 points.

However, with a top 5 pick and this many young forwards and D prospects MacT must doing something bild have to next year with a 1st pairing d-man.

Its unaccpetable managment of this team if we dont immedatley address the D, unless you wanna ride the coaster again next year

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#13 6 ring circus
March 10 2014, 10:55PM
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@sheldon

You are joking right? The only reason Eakins is still here is because of the coaching carousel of the last 3 years,that does not make it right,Mactavish jumped the gun on hiring Eakins ,there is no system in place,no accountability,both the PP and PK have failed this year ,if this was any other team ,he would of been fired at the Olympic break.

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#14 **
March 10 2014, 11:03PM
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The end is nigh

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#15 Dan
March 10 2014, 10:56PM
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MacT's best moves... #1 becoming best friends with Lowe

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#16 kale
March 10 2014, 10:54PM
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LT...I sure hope you are planning to balance this article with MacTs worst moves given that notwithstanding his best moves they sit in 29th. What would it be? hiring Eakins? encouraging Eakins to keep his assistant coaches(he said he hoped Eakins would keep them when Eakins was hired)? Grebeshkov signing? Belov signing? Labarbera signning? Smid trade? Acton, and keeping him up here forever? Hamilton? Gagner extension? Perhaps you are planning to write such an article, however you did not state that.

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#17 Anton
March 10 2014, 11:20PM
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sheldon wrote:

All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

Actually, it won't hurt. Since there was ZERO progress (well,more like regress) also I don't know which team that you are watching (which I assume was Flames) because the team showed ZERO effort this year.

Oh,it was not 10-20 games, it was somewhere around 12 games which they have 7-3-2 record by beating only 2 teams that were in playoffs picture that Scrivens made a total of 95 saves in those two games.

For every time that anyone keep on using the phrase of "...when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads..." needs to realize one thing. This is not some peewee or school league, this is the professional hockey league. Get real.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#18 Trent
March 11 2014, 12:10AM
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More "best" moves-

- hiring Eakins -giving a rookie coach a 4 year deal when Cup champions only get that kind of term -not firing Eakins -bashing Dubnyk publicly last summer, -sticking with Dubnyk, -LOLbarbara, -ditching Smid to clear room for Bryz when it was already too late, -Grebs, Belov, Larson on main roster, -Grebs, Belov, Larson on AHL roster -saying it is best for 83 and the team if they go separate ways then not trade him for 10 months, -going to Seattle to watch MNF with Katz and friends - telling fans he is impatient and bold and not following up on that -preaching patience this season -telling season ticket holders that we are further ahead now than last year -saying at December interview with Stauffer that Oilers play an entertaining brand of hockey - trading 2nd round picks for like three 4ths or so, -trading a 4th for like two 7ths or whatever the hell that was last summer -keeping Smith + Buchy around, -keeping pro scouts around, -giving Ralph vote of confidence then firing him a month later (I thought MacT said he had a plan), - saying team needs toughness then deleting Smid and not signing Fistric, -thinking Jonesu would have any impact and could play NHL hockey, -telling fans that we can challenge for a playoff spot and then coming as far away from that as is mathmatically possible. -Gagner contract -going to work each day

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#19 The Real Scuba Steve
March 11 2014, 07:15AM
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Just finish ahead of Calgary.

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#20 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 09:59AM
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MacT's response to finding the top 4 defencemen he sorely needs was to acquire Belov, Larsen, Grebeshkov,Fraser, and Ference. In terms of top 4, that's 0 for 5. In terms of actual top 7, thats probably 1 for 5. Which just tells me he has a hard time recognizing what an NHL d-man looks like.

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#21 Zarny
March 11 2014, 10:51AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

Eakins didn't throw Yak under the bus. He rightfully called him out on his absolutely atrocious defensive play not to mention his penchant for trying to do it all himself.

Knowing basic defense is one thing. Sticking to basic defense is another and that is where many of the Oilers fail. Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Gagner, Yakupov and Schultz are all guilty of either forgetting or ignoring "basic defense" habitually.

The swarm defense actually does work in the NHL when you have the right personnel. Several other teams use it and all it amounts to is having your forward come in and get the puck when your Dman pins his man to the boards instead of letting other team get the puck and then having to check that player.

The only difference is other teams don't give it a cute name like "the swarm".

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#22 kale
March 10 2014, 11:04PM
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nqmt wrote:

we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

You dont know what Tabellinis mandate was and if he was given the same freedom that MacT has. As far as I am aware no one asked Lowe if Tambellini and MacT had the same amount of freedom.

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#23 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 01:12PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Ok, what system would you rather them play?!?!? Man on mam (typically reserved for teams with size)??

I think the missing of the 1-3 spot on the blueline and maybe (almost for sure) the worst goaltending in Oilers history has more to do with the GAA than Eakins.

Read above he has done a lot right. And since we don't know what the options were for sized forwards and top dmen I don't think you can point to anything.........think about it, lot at the cost for Clarkson, it would of done more damage long term for the Oil to of added him.

If the Oilers can't win 5 of their last 17 games (and looking at the schedule, thats going to be a tall order to accomplish), they will have had the worst season in their history. In any event it will likely be their second worst season ever, resulting in a fourth lottery pick in five years. This, after "rebuilding" for at least five years.

Revelling in MacT's accomplishments this year is a little like saying the Titanic had a terrific maiden voyage, aside from a little paint damage from scraping an iceberg.

MacT has been in management with this team sine June 2012 when he was hired as "Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations", whatever that means. But for sure he has been involved with running this team for two years. He gets no free pass.

And Eakins has moved everything backwards. The players he inherited have regressed. Only an all-world stretch of games by Scrivens has prevented total humiliation. And if you think his league leading .934 save percentage is sustainable, well, .....words fail me.

I'm a fan. A season ticket holder since the early 80's. This, for me is the worst season ever. I've looked for silver linings for 8 years. I ain't doing it anymore.

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#24 Zarny
March 11 2014, 03:23PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

If the Oilers can't win 5 of their last 17 games (and looking at the schedule, thats going to be a tall order to accomplish), they will have had the worst season in their history. In any event it will likely be their second worst season ever, resulting in a fourth lottery pick in five years. This, after "rebuilding" for at least five years.

Revelling in MacT's accomplishments this year is a little like saying the Titanic had a terrific maiden voyage, aside from a little paint damage from scraping an iceberg.

MacT has been in management with this team sine June 2012 when he was hired as "Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations", whatever that means. But for sure he has been involved with running this team for two years. He gets no free pass.

And Eakins has moved everything backwards. The players he inherited have regressed. Only an all-world stretch of games by Scrivens has prevented total humiliation. And if you think his league leading .934 save percentage is sustainable, well, .....words fail me.

I'm a fan. A season ticket holder since the early 80's. This, for me is the worst season ever. I've looked for silver linings for 8 years. I ain't doing it anymore.

Since the first 20 games the Oilers are only a few games under 0.500; so odds are they win more than 5 of their last 17 games.

And no, they haven't been rebuilding for at least 5 years. It's only been 4. Unfortunately the 4 years of missing the playoffs prior to 2010 were just losing as Lowe chased anything that resembled talent after the 2006 Cup run.

You might want to take note that 5 years after drafting Duncan Keith in 2002 the Blackhawks finished 26th and drafted Patrick Kane by winning the lottery.

Had those 4 years prior to 2010 produced players that could have been used as pillars to build around the Oilers rebuild would be further along. Alas that isn't the case. Petry, Gagner and Hemsky could be/have been pieces in the final solution but none of them are pillars to build around.

Eakins hasn't set everything back. It's hardly unusual young players like Hall, Eberle and Nuge stumbled the first year they were really thrown out against the opposition's top lines with little to no support.

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#25 nqmt
March 10 2014, 10:52PM
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we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

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#26 Woogie63
March 10 2014, 11:00PM
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It has been a good year for MacT, i would add to this list;

Faith in Marincin and letting Klefblom mature on the farm.

We need to address the coaching, we keep trying to find the next great coach, i would like to see MacT bring in a head coach with a winning NHL track record and one who has Stanley Cup appearances.

MacT needs to make Hall the captain, Ference is nice, but this has to be Halls team for the core to committed.

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#27 bwar
March 11 2014, 12:42AM
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I was really hoping we were going to draft Valeri Nichushkin. I know we are already overflowing with wingers but none of them can compare with his size and he has high end skill as well. We will see if Nurse turns out to be a good move but I think we missed out on a piece that we may never have a shot at acquiring again.

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#28 godot10
March 11 2014, 06:52AM
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Good moves don't matter if you make two bad moves for every good one, which is what MacT has done.

It is misleading to talk about the good moves without talking about all the bad moves at the same time.

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#29 dougtheslug
March 10 2014, 11:13PM
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sheldon wrote:

All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

I'm an old fart, and have missed the ~~ signs signifying sarcasm a few times this month. So I double checked this time. I assume you are serious.

During the Oilers last dozen games, while their record has been an inexplicable 7-3-2, they have been outshot 11 times, including two games when they allowed over 50 shots, and another 2 when they allowed over 40 shots.

Their power play has surrendered almost as many goals as it has scored.

Against upper echelon teams (San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles), they looked like Latvia against Canada, and it took a once-in-a-decade goaltender performance to win against the Sharks. And goaltending has stolen probably 6 of those wins.

They are as structureless and as soft to play against as a flacid male organ, and give about as much pleasure.

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#30 bazmagoo
March 10 2014, 11:56PM
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I'm starting to think Eakins is the new Tambellini, brought it to get us another high draft pick or two. Eventually he'll have to be fired, but buys a few more years for the maestro of this never ending rebuild.

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#31 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 09:48AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

Gagner is not the problem here and "cleaning" it up is not needed. Nor is Eakins the issue.

At the start of the season we had 2 goaltenders that BOTH have passed waivers without being picked up. As well we have a decent bottom half of blueliners (#4 Ference, #5 Shultz, #6 Marincin) That means they were with average AHL quality goaltender and are currently without a top half of a quality blue line.

I don't think it is fair to try and find goats in Gagner, Eakins, etc. THE OILER'S ISSUE IS NOT WITH THE PLAYERS THEY HAVE BUT THE PLAYERS THEY DON'T.

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#32 Danger Pay
March 11 2014, 09:57AM
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Tambo was at the helm of the Titanic and Mac T will be the Phoenix that resurrects this franchise from the ashes!

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#33 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 10:08AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I wonder what the players view on Eakins is too. Maybe they don't like him.... But also, he has taken as much heat this year as anyone. He has given interview and never said "we can't win with this goaltending", "we need more horses on the back end" or "we are only going to finish 2-5 places back from last year and Dubynek's s% went from .920 to .894" By refusing to sell out his players ability and the team short comings, he has shielded them at his own expenses. If I was many of those players it would not be lost on me.

He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

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#34 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 12:37PM
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Czar wrote:

Enjoy them?? I hit mute as soon as the Oiler broadcast crew hits the air! They're a joke nation wide and hope like he!! none of them get rehired at contract time. I did prop and trash you punny guy.

We can't let others across the nation decide who the Oilers Broadcast team is. We need to stand up for our ethics and Principes.

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#35 BC BOY
March 10 2014, 10:38PM
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It could be worse.... We could be Canucks fans

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#36 Igor ulanov
March 11 2014, 12:26AM
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Perron story. Just the kind of guy we need in our top 6. What a steal. Say what you want about the guy.. MacT has done a hell of a job in the year he's been with the team.

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#37 Bruner
March 11 2014, 02:41AM
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THE PUZ wrote:

Before we all start high-fiving each other, lets talk about the disaster that is MacTavish. We desperately needed a starting goalie before the season started-FAIL (but we now have 2 backup goalies as a consolation prize). We needed any top 6 defenceman-FAIL. We needed a top 6 power forward-FAIL. We needed to trade Hemsky or Gagner before they were worth a late round draft choice that will never make the NHL, especially with this pathetic inbred scouting staff. We needed an experienced NHL coach to handle all our young talent. Instead, we have got an idiot who cannot transform his coaching to fit his talent, but wants his talent to fit his coaching. He has double standards amongst treatment of various players-see Nail Yakupov. We have some journeyman ex-Oiler coaches that have helped this team regress. I can hardly wait until Ryan Smith moves onto the coaching staff. We have the worst goaltending coach on the planet. Overall grade for MacTavish (Lowe)=F. My question to Lowetide is how could anyone do any worse than MacT. This could very well be the worst record in Oiler history.

Your post was hardly tolerable, but at the very least try to spell Ryan Smyth's name correctly. Any real Oilers fan would know he deserves that much.

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#38 The Beaker
March 11 2014, 06:56AM
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godot10 wrote:

Good moves don't matter if you make two bad moves for every good one, which is what MacT has done.

It is misleading to talk about the good moves without talking about all the bad moves at the same time.

B.S. if you make one good move like say Perron but you are counting Labarbera, Grebs as his two bad moves to counter it then the one good move is easily a bigger deal. Outside of Eakins pretty much all of MacTs bad moves have been easily cleaned up. Perron trades arent easy to find.

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#39 gcw_rocks
March 11 2014, 08:11AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

Clearly the 148 props people didn't read Willis' post yesterday on the Oilers shots against and Fenwick.

Despite his good moves, MacT's bad moves have this team trending to be the worst defensive oiler team in history. Look at that Fenwick chart. I haven't seen anything scarier about this team.

This team is now performing worse than a defence that included Whitney hobbling on one foot and maybe worse than the team defence we saw after Smyth was traded.

The MacT propaganda machine can point to a few good moves and tell the world everything is good, but that's a lie.

This management team do not grasp the fundamentals of today's hockey. Period. If you support MacT, the hockey you are watching is exactly what you deserve.

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#40 Dave Lumley
March 11 2014, 08:58AM
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Hey Lowetide. The improvements to the roster can't be debated. But I am wondering how Kreuger would have done this year.

Especially with - Improved team - Playing a league wide schedule - And the team being one year more mature.

Makes you wonder about the epic fail Eakins has been.

If you "kreuger" Eakins this summer while on holidays and go back to Ralph then there is still the same amount of coaches in 6 years, if that is what everyone is concerned about.

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#41 Chainsawz
March 11 2014, 10:20AM
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Isn't it a bit early to call Nurse a good move with 0 NHL games under his belt? His selection has no effect on the Oilers and projecting what his future effect will be is speculation. Also, considering the Oilers passed on Nichushkin, I would be hesitant to put Nurse on this list without seeing Nurse actually make the NHL first.

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#42 zenoil
March 11 2014, 10:32AM
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Nurse hasn't played a single game in the bigs and Boyd Gordon provides nil for offense and is -11. Perron and Scrivens were good maybe even great trades and his best signing was the one that never happened in David Clarkson at 5 million plus a year. Arco was third in points at 5x5 and led the forward in hits before Jimmy Hendrix. A good Gm would maybe keep such a player on the team me thinks. MacT deserves little praise thus far. The way I see it, there's a couple tulips growing from a fat turd.

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#43 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 10:38AM
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He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

Wouldn't say he threw Yak under the bus. He did call him out on stuff, but I think he needed to. Back in Sarnia his attitude was an issue. I know at work when there is a coworker thats a pain the majority of us like it when the boss "deals" with it.

I recall his comment being how these players had so much skill in junior needing to pay attention to defense wasn't needed. I didn't view it as an insult, but the fact that many of these player played the bulk of their CHL career in the offensive end.

And as for your "swarm" comments. Have you researched it? It does get used constantly in the NHL. Eakin's just called his version of the overload system a "swarm" (I bet he regret ever telling the media that) Typically there are 2 main type of defense. Overload aka "swarm" and collapse. Now the collapse is typically used by bigger team boxing out players man-on-man. I think you would agree not the best for the Oilers.

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#44 nuge2nail
March 11 2014, 10:40AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Shocking how much work still needs to be done with this team.

Next on the list is the Center position, than Defense.

I would prefer the Oilers overpay for a center like Statsny and keep the pick.

Draft Bennett or Reinhert and we finally have some depth at center.

Hopkins - Statsny - Bennett - Gordan

Trade Gagner for a #3-#4 defenseman.

Spend the remaining 30+ MILLION IN CAP SPACE on Defense, preferably on 2-3 year deals

On the bright side, Oilers are 7-3-2 since MacT addressed the team toughness and goaltending problems.

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#45 Czar
March 11 2014, 10:44AM
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1. Scriven 2. Gordon 3. Perron 4. Hendricks 5. Nurse

I will reserve judgement on Fasth for at least one more day but suspect he'll be in the 2-4 range by season end.

I also think Gene Principe will deserve a blocker to the throat after the Fasth intro tonight. The guys a poor mans Ron Maclean.

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#46 Zarny
March 11 2014, 10:45AM
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MacT's best move?

All of them. Because it actually moved the Oilers off step 1 of a rebuild. A contender needs a Boyd Gordon as much as they need a David Perron.

In an amazing display of ineptitude Tambo didn't acquire one piece beyond the 1st overall draft picks.

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#47 Zarny
March 11 2014, 03:10PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Call it "The Swarm", "overload", "collapse", or whatever. It still looks to the rest of the NHL like the "Chinese Fire Drill" (with all due respect to our Asian-Canadian brethren). A defensive system that gives up shots and chances by the boatload no matter who is on the ice.

It has resulted in the worst goals against in the league and the worst collective defense in recent memory.

Hard to think of what MacT has done right when so much on this team is going wrong.

Umm no. Not quite.

The overload system does not give up shots and chances by the boatload by design. Several teams use the exact same system as Edm and give up very few shots.

The Oilers poor execution is what gives up the shots and chances. It isn't the system; it's the players getting beat 1 on 1 or simply not being in position.

However, that would be the case no matter what system the Oilers used. Which is why all the drivel about Eakins' systems is pointless. The Oilers simply don't have enough good players to execute any system well.

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#48 Rod from Viking
March 10 2014, 10:58PM
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Anton wrote:

Maybe LT will have the "WORST MOVES, YEAR ONE" out soon and I will be very surprised the fire/hire coaches is not on the list.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! (Since Oct. 10th)

LT is too nice for that article, will have to be Robin or Gregor writing it, for me at least Mac T was trying. Taking Eakins advice on players resulted in Acton,Hamilton,Fraser and Scrivins, a .250 average. Grebeskov was a bad idea and it looks like Belov is more of the same, Labarbara was poor as well. I agree with LT on the rest, he will really have to be magical this summer if this team isn't going to be in the running for McDavid next year. I would imagine next years season ticket renewals will be arriving any day now.

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#49 Serious Gord
March 11 2014, 08:27AM
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nqmt wrote:

we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

All of the moves were on the third and fourth line. Deck chairs on the titanic.

I dare Lowetide to publish a MacT's worst move thread. It's a far longer and far more damaging list.

And many of the good moves are really yet to be determined - Scrivens or nurse may be a bust for example.

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#50 Michael
March 11 2014, 08:50AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

Would you agree that the lineup today is better today than it was at the start of the season?

The teams overall development I would argue has been improved because of its failure to execute earlier this season.The argument is that the teams failure has accelerated some of the moves that MacT has been forced to make.I would counter that if not for the teams early failure we would have moved forward with players like Dubnyk and Labarbera. Or Acton and Eager.

The teams faliure has imo been an eye opener and has given us an opportunity to identify players and areas of need that had we been winning would have masked an underlying rot.

The moves that MacT has made and will make will remake this team into something more competitive. The coaching with Eakins at the fore will evolve.I see definite changes in the assistants this off season.

Faliure this season has been hard to swallow.But like Castor Oil this years failure may have been the best medicine for this team moving forward.

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